Yes. There is a provision in the Nurse Practice Act, Minnesota Statutes section 148.271, clause (1), that exempts a nurse from the requirement of a Minnesota nurse license when furnishing “nursing assistance in an emergency” and under other certain circumstances set forth in Minnesota Rules Part 6305.0300, subpart 1, (A) (2), including “disaster relief during a period not to exceed seven days.”
In addition, the Good Samaritan Law, Minnesota Statutes section 604A.01, includes the following statement, “A person at the scene of an emergency who knows that another person is exposed to or has suffered grave physical harm shall, to the extent that the person can do so without danger or peril to self or others, give reasonable assistance to the exposed person. Reasonable assistance may include obtaining or attempting to obtain aid from law enforcement or medical personnel.” This law further provides for immunity from liability.
Yes. The Minnesota Emergency Health Powers Act, Minnesota Statutes, chapters 12, 13, and 144, specifies the powers and duties of the governor and the commissioner of health during public health emergencies. The governor is authorized to declare a national security or peacetime emergency due to a public health emergency, and the legislature is given oversight over peacetime emergencies declared due to public health emergencies. See the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness website: www.health.state.mn.us/oep/.
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